Kliff Kingsbury Goes to Familiar Grounds to Fill Defensive Coordinator Position
Monday night, Texas Tech Football head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches. David Gibbs (pictured) and Zac Spavital join the Red Raiders after coaching at the University of Houston.
“I am extremely excited to have Coach Gibbs and Coach Spavital join our staff,” Kingsbury said. “What they were able to accomplish in their short time at the University of Houston is incredible. Coach Gibbs developed UH into a Top-20 defense that lead the country in turnovers over a two-year span. With stops in both College Football and the NFL, Coach Gibbs will bring experience and ingenuity to our defensive unit.”
Gibbs will serve as the Red Raiders defensive coordinator next season with interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith sliding back to the role of co-defensive coordinator. Gibbs closed out his Houston coaching tenure as the Cougars interim head coach in last week's Armed Forces Bowl win against Pittsburgh.
"I couldn't be more excited about joining Coach Kingsbury and the rest of our coaching staff,” Gibbs said. “I have followed Kliff's career and believe special things are happening in Lubbock. There are several talented, young defensive players that will contribute for years to come. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to getting started soon."
Spavital will work under Gibbs as a defensive assistant coach in a role to be determined at a later date.
Coach Kingsbury also announced the promotion of Mike Jinks to associate head coach. Jinks will continue to coach the Red Raider running backs.
“Coach Jinks has done a phenomenal job developing our running backs, including our first 1,000 yard rusher since 1998,” Kingsbury said. “He is a tremendous asset to our program on and off the field, and his experience as a head coach has been invaluable to me during our two years here together.”
Texas Tech opens the 2015 season at home against against Sam Houston State on September 5th.